In essence, India suffers from a lack of critical thinking on several key issues of national importance.
The thinking that goes on happens within the confines of government – the civil service and the cabinet. There is almost a complete absence of groups outside the formal establishment who develop new policy ideas and actively engage with policy makers to see the ideas through.
As a result, it is no secret that India as a nation has not realized its potential even after six decades of Independence.
- agriculture is in dismal state;
- internal security is compromised with alarming impunity;
- manufacturing sector is not robust enough to employ the vast semi skilled work force;
- education is highly regulated;
- health services are woefully insufficient, and;
- infrastructure is grossly inadequate.
A nation of over a billion people is ruled by absolute adhocism.
We are invariably held hostage to one of the pressure groups operating to service the narrow interest of its members.